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The Senate last week gave final Congressional approval to a bill authorizing federal grants for educational-television programming and training materials designed to improve the school readiness of young children.
The average American family moves every three years. Increasingly, school-choice programs are being developed and implemented at the school-district or state level. The combination of these two trends has resulted in increasingly large numbers of parents who want to shop for public schools, just as they do for consumer products.
In America 2000 and many of the state reform plans there is remarkably little mention of the teaching-learning process. Yet, if education is to be improved, change must occur there if nowhere else.
The suburban Denver schools in which we work are among the first large, comprehensive public high schools in the nation to convert to a performance-based system. That is to say, to graduate from our high schools (beginning with the class of 1995 at one and the class of 1996 at the other), students must demonstrate that they know and can do those things identified in our two, somewhat different, sets of board of education approved performance-based graduation requirements.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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